American folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stampsAmerican folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stamps

I don't know quite how to describe this one, so I will begin somewhere. This is a sort of milk glass plate with ornate edge pattern with cut-outs, 8" in diameter. In the last years of the 19th or early years of the 20th century, someone very meticulously cut pieces and strips from used American postage stamps, utilizing those pieces to create designs like early flags, American eagle, crossed swords, a crescent moon, and six pointed star. Then he or she added some beige silky fabric and affixed it. The final result is a folky piece of late Victorian era Americana. I thought perhaps it could be a Masonic item. The postage stamps seem to date from the 1870's to the early 1890's, so that would help to date its creation. The silky fabric is deteriorating and just falling apart. This is a unique item for sure.

ITEM ID
JB02365
ITEM TYPE
Antique
STYLE
Folk Art

American folk art circa 1890's plate with unique hand applied imagery made from postage stamps

$175

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